August 16, 2022

A group of East Cambridge Savings Bank employees and representatives from the North Suburban YMCA hold a ceremonial check and pose for a photo in front of the Bank's new Woburn location. Woburn, Mass. – East Cambridge Savings Bank supported two local nonprofit organizations to mark their entrance into the Woburn community. On August 1, the Bank presented donations to the North Suburban YMCA located in Woburn, and the Lexington Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry. These two $5,000 donations will go directly to programming and client services at each organization, enabling them to use the funds for urgent needs. Officials from both organizations joined the opening day festivities at 237 Lexington Street on the Bank’s first day of operations in Woburn after completing the acquisition of Patriot Community Bank.

“It is truly an honor to support the North Suburban YMCA and Lexington Food Pantry. These two organizations do critical work in Woburn, Lexington, and surrounding cities and towns and we admire their steadfast commitment to serving the community,” said Gilda M. Nogueira, East Cambridge Savings Bank’s president and chief executive officer. “It has become customary to donate to local nonprofit organizations when the Bank opens a new banking center or expands our branch footprint. It’s our way of demonstrating commitment to the community on day one and expressing our gratitude for being welcomed by area residents, customers, and businesses.”

Representatives from both organizations were on hand for the Bank’s first day in Woburn including Lindsey Lerit, associate executive director at the North Suburban YMCA. “We really appreciate East Cambridge Savings Bank’s support, and it was great to be part of their opening day in Woburn,” said Lerit. “This donation will help our efforts to provide programming for Woburn area children, families, and seniors to support their physical and emotional well-being.”

Carolyn Wortman, program coordinator at the Lexington Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, dedicates countless hours to battling food insecurity and hunger in neighboring Lexington. “What we at the food pantry have always known is that hunger and lack of access to high-quality, nutritious food is an issue that effects every community,” Wortman noted. “This was especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic when the food pantry experienced a dramatic increase in need. We continued to be there for the community and never stopped serving our clients. We welcome East Cambridge Savings Bank’s support so we can continue to provide critical services at the food pantry.”

East Cambridge Savings Bank supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations that address the needs of children and families, education, affordable housing, and senior citizens throughout the 17 cities and towns in the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) assessment area. For the past seven consecutive years, the Bank has been named one of the top 100 charitable companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal based on dollars given and volunteer hours.

To learn more about the North Suburban YMCA and the Lexington Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, please visit their websites linked here: North Suburban YMCA - Lexington Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry

Photo credit: Standing left to right, Annette Hunt, John O’Donnell, Gilda Nogueira, Lindsey Lerit (North Suburban YMCA), Joanne Aliber, Carrie O’Halloran, North Suburban YMCA Board Member Charlie Skeele, Gisela Margotta, Tim Bombard, Lisa Kimmence, Albert Pacheco.

About East Cambridge Savings Bank

East Cambridge Savings Bank is a full-service mutually held bank that is committed to be the preferred banking partner in the communities it serves. Established in 1854, the Bank strives to provide an exceptional customer experience and generous support for the community. Headquartered in Cambridge, the Bank has locations in Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Chelsea, Malden, Medford, Somerville, Waltham, and Woburn as well as an educational training facility at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. The Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF), and is an Equal Housing Lender. 

Leo Gayne
Assistant Vice President, Public and Community Relations Officer
(617) 551-2353